Skills Days for Geography Practitioners

CPD Opportunity: Skills Days for Geography Practitioners
Dates: Saturdays 26th April, 31st May and 21st June 2014- 10am to 3.30pm
Venue: Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Education Scotland in partnership with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and University of Glasgow are holding a series of 3 Skills Days for Geography practitioners. The aim of these days is to give teachers the confidence to take learners out to do field work in a variety of different situations and equip them with some of the additional skills required for teaching the new national qualifications including Higher and Advanced Higher The days will be a mixture of lectures, discussions and practical activities based around various locations within the National Park.

Programme :
Saturday 26th April
(a.m.) National Park HQ, Balloch; Introduction to Geography Fieldwork led by Lynne Robertson and Marjorie Kerr, Education Scotland and Alison Cush, LLTNP
Buffet Lunch
(p.m.) Aspects of Physical Geography: River Studies led by Trevor Hoey and Paul Bishop, fluvial geomorphologists, University of Glasgow.

Saturday 31st May
(a.m.) National Park Visitor Centre, Balmaha; Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park led by Alison Cush and the Park Rangers
Packed Lunch
(p.m.) Aspects of Physical Geography: Glaciers and Coasts led by Jim Hansom and Derek Fabel, coastal and glacial geomorphologists, University of Glasgow.

Saturday 21st June
(a.m.) National Park HQ, Balloch: Tackling Statistics-, Scottish Government statistician. This session will include research of suitable websites to find statistical information to use with AH pupils.
Packed lunch
(p.m.) Aspects of Human Geography: field techniques in Luss and Lomond Shores led by Lynne Robertson and Marjorie Kerr, Education Scotland

These days will make a significant contribution to any teacher’s continuous professional learning and with additional reading could count towards GTCS accreditation in Outdoor Learning.

If you are interested in signing up then please email natasha.baird@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk  stating any special dietary requirements you may have for lunch. It is expected that you will be able to attend all three sessions. Suitable clothing and footwear should be worn. Rain will not stop play!

Places will be limited to 15 in the first instance. It is hoped to organise a similar event in the Cairngorms National Park at a future date.

The events including lunch/coffee will be provided free of charge. Participants are expected to pay their own travelling expenses to get there but transport within LLTNP will be provided.